Sounds like a good thing he was picked up…..
A man carrying a concealed knife on Canada’s Parliament Hill has been arrested, Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Wednesday.
Media relations officer Cpl. Valerie Thibodeau said Yasin Ali, 56, was detained by the Parliamentary Protective Service on Tuesday evening outside Centre Block, the main building on Parliament Hill that houses the Senate and the House of Commons.
After a brief court appearance Wednesday on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, Ali was returned to jail.
Defense lawyer Peter Azzi said Ali is due back in court on Friday and will be psychologically assessed by a doctor.
“The individual was identified behaving oddly, suspiciously, and one of our officers challenged him, saw the knife and took him into custody,” said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson. “I understand it is less a concern around so called national security considerations than it is a mental health issue.”
Security on the Hill has been tightened since Oct. 22, 2014, when a gun-toting Michael Zehaf Bibeau managed to enter Centre Block after gunning down a soldier standing guard at the nearby National War Memorial.
Zehaf Bibeau died in a hail of bullets outside the Library of Parliament.